John A. Terry (1935 - 2012)

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INDEPENDENCE – John A. Terry, 76 years old of Independence, died Monday, April 9, at the Vinton Lutheran Home, Vinton. He was born June 29, 1935, at Madison, S.D., the son of Wilbert "Bill" Lee Terry and Edna Lucille (Parrish) Terry. At the age of seven he moved with his parents to Independence where he graduated from high school in 1954. After serving in the US Army from 1954 – 1956, John returned home and was united in marriage to Mary Lou Wathen on June 28, 1959 in Independence. She preceded him in death on Oct. 29, 1978. He was later united in marriage to Shirley Ann Walton Wilson, Nov. 10, 1983 in Waterloo. John began in the oil business working for his father and uncle in the mid 1950's and became part owner of Bill & Don's 66 Service Station in 1973. He retired from their bulk plant service division in 1996. In retirement John worked for United Ag Products in Winthrop, from April 1997 to May 2005. He was a member of the First Baptist Church, Sheehan-Tidball American Legion Post 30, Masonic Lodge 87 A.F. and A.M. all in Independence. He had also served on the Independence Volunteer Fire Department from Jan. 10, 1984 to June 10, 1997. John enjoyed gardening and growing tomatoes, fishing, hunting and boating.
Mr. Terry is survived by his wife, Shirley Terry of Independence; one son, Michael Terry of Hazleton; one daughter, Michelle (Michael) Kehrli of Mt. Auburn; three grandchildren, Jason Terry, Mindy VanRee, Matt Kehrli; two great grandchildren, Blake Terry and Owen VanRee; two step daughters, Valerie Wilson of Houston, Texas, Laurie Wilson of Omaha, Neb.; one step son, Scott Wilson of Houston, Texas; two step grandchildren, Lindsay Beatty and Zachary Wilson; three step great grandchildren, Madelynn Beatty, Koby Beatty, Kolton Beatty; also two sisters, Jo Ann (Otto "Junior") Eschen of Independence, Mary (Vernon) Frasher of Robins, one brother, Donald (Mary) Terry of Waterloo. In addition to his first wife he was preceded in death by his parents, and one step son, Jeff Wilson.
Funeral services were be 11 a.m. Friday, April 13, at the First Baptist Church, Independence, with Dr. David Larson officiating. Music will be by Mary Kay Miller, organist and Robin Grover, soloist. Burial will be at Mt. Hope Cemetery, Independence. Honorary Casket Bearers will be Robert Hummel, Steve Miller, Don Terry, Dennis Walhart. Casket Bearers will be Mike Kehrli, Jason Terry, Matt Kehrli, Jason VanRee, Vernon Frasher, Bill P. Coulter, Don Butler and Scott Wilson. Visitation was Thursday, April 12, at White Funeral Home, Independence, where there was also a Masonic Memorial Service and a Military Memorial Service. Visitation continued for an hour before services Friday at the church. Memorials will be directed to Hospice Compassus, 610 32nd Ave SW, Suite F, Cedar Rapids, IA 52404, and to the East Central Iowa Chapter, 1642 42nd Street NE, Cedar Rapids, IA 52402. Online condolences may be made to
White Funeral Home, Independence, IA is in charge of the arrangements.
Published in Independence Bulletin-Journal from Apr. 14 to May 5, 2012
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